Laura Richards has always been known as “the girl with the red hair” but on Friday she will be sacrificing her luscious locks to support a friend with cancer.
Miss Richards is raising funds for Jaynie Cumming, a 34-year-old Northland woman with breast and lung cancer.
Miss Richards, a mother-of-two who has had only one haircut in the last 14 years, will be shaving off her flowing red curls on Friday at 10am at Dad's N Lad's in Stratford.
“It's a big thing for me. I have always been identified as the ‘girl with the red hair,' other than that I was invisible,” Miss Richards, who has so far raised $350, said.
“I imagine I am going to feel quite exposed and vulnerable with no hair,” she said.
Miss Richards, who is donating her hair to a Dunedin company that makes wigs for children with long-term hair loss, said she met Jaynie Cumming on a Facebook parenting page.
Seven other people who met through the Facebook page - including one from Spain - will be shedding their locks.
Mrs Cumming, who has three children under the age of five, had a double mastectomy last year and is now undergoing treatment again after the cancer spread to her lungs.
Miss Richards, whose aunt died from breast cancer seven years ago, said Jaynie was an inspiration.
“The family are doing everything they can but the IV vitamin C treatment and tests, as well as the travelling is all expensive, so I wanted to help them,” the 26 year-old said.
“I have been really touched by her fight. She is so positive, upbeat and honest about her struggles. She means enough to me to shave off my hair. That's going to teach me a thing or two about vanity,” she said.
Donations can be made via www.facebook.com/LoveFor Jaynie, using ‘Shave Laura' as the reference.
- Taryn Utiger is a Witt journalism student
- © Fairfax NZ News
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